Golf Training Aid – The Five Best

As everyone is trying to catch lightning in a bottle, the Wireless Golf Coach is asked all of the time about what golf training aid will work for our students. Obviously the answer is different for everyone but with that being said here are five golf training aids we often suggest:

Golf Training Aid #1: Callaway Golf X-Force Swing Trainer

The Callaway Golf X-Force swing trainer is designed to help you develop the feel for the pendulum sensation of the golf swing. The Callaway Golf X-Force swing is 2 times heavier than a standard golf club, so swinging it on a regular basis when you are off the course can help you develop proper golf musculature and general muscle tone. The impact feature helps to simulate actual outdoor ball striking.

Golf Training Aid #2: GolfGym Powerswing Trainer – Masters Edition

The GolfGym Powerswing Trainer is designed for the golfer looking for the finest in golf-specific training and conditioning for use in-season and/or in the off-season. Choose from 25 exercises designed to strengthen the muscles used in golf, including the rotator cuff region of the shoulder, hips, back and stomach muscles. Follow the golf exercise program of just 10 minutes a day, three times a week is all most golfers need to remain golf-ready. The Golf Gym Powerswing is a complete training kit containing the ProPerfect Training Grip with three PowerCords (light/lowest resistance, medium/standard resistance, heavy/strongest resistance), Quick Start DVD, Quick Start Manual and Storage Bag. This golf training aid is available Right & Left Handed.

Golf Training Aid #3: Swing Mirror by Izzo Golf

With the swing mirror by Izzo Golf you will be able to check your own posture, swing plane, grip, club face, finish position as well as your stance and ball position. The Swing Mirror will give you instant visual feedback so you can improve your very own golf swing or putting stroke.

Golf Training Aid #4: David Leadbetter’s SwingLink

Developed by David Leadbetter, the SwingLink is a golf improvement tool that helps you achieve a more efficient golf swing in minutes. It keeps your arms and body working together as a single unit rather than allowing the arms to work independently. By keeping the body and arms in a good connection, you will use your bigger muscles and hit more consistent golf shots and lower your scores! Leadbetter has worked with PGA Tour Players such as Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Charles Howell and Nick Price.

Golf Training Aid #5 – The Transfer Station

The Transfer Station is a three piece golf training aid that can be used to help you improve your full swing as well as your putting stroke. The Transfer Station will help your Full Swing by: Encourages the proper weight transfers Find the correct ball position every time you set-up Properly align your body to your target line The Transfer Station will help your Putting by: Promotes a straight back and straight through putting stroke Properly align your shoulders to the line of your putt In addition: Stores easily in your golf bag Made for indoor and outdoor use Will help all types of golfers men, women and juniors as well as right and left-handers.

No matter what skill level the golfer is you will be able to find something that will make any golfer that you know happy and improve their game. For other golf training aids, golf art or putting training aids go to virtualgolfswing.com.

Master the Golf Swing Mechanics to Improve Your Golf Swing Quickly and Easily

Should golf swing mechanics matter to beginners and casual golfers? After all, you are only playing for fun, right? True enough, but I personally prefer to play to win. At the very least, I want to be able to give my opponent a good fight. And that is why I feel that it is better to learn how to play golf correctly.

Familiarity with golf swing mechanics is one part of this equation. You need to know how to swing your golf clubs – normally 1 driver, 2 fairway woods, your irons, pitching wedge and sand wedge, and putter. There are certainly a lot of clubs you need to become familiar with. Most people are not able to learn all of them on their own. You would probably need proper golf lessons, preferably from a personal trainer or even a golf school. The next best thing to face-to-face instruction with a human trainer is to get video, dvd or online golf lessons. Books are good for theory and tactics, but difficult to learn golf swing mechanics from.

A second factor to playing golf well is to simplify. Traditionally, many golfers play with a set of 7 irons (number 3 to number 9). Each iron is a different length. However, if you use the 1-Iron Golf System, you can buy all your irons with the same length. This way, you only need to learn 1 swing. You can cut down your learning curve by half. Isn’t that great?

Another way to simplify your swing is to learn the “one plane swing” rather than the more normal “two plane swing”. The two most famous golfers who use the “one plane swing” are Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh. The more normal “two plane swing” needs you to co-ordinate two different planes of movement – the flat rotation of your body and the upright swinging of your arms. By contrast, the “one plane swing” only needs you to match your arms and shoulder movements in one single plane of movement. Before you rush to learn this simpler swing, you should be aware that some golf trainers feel that the stances used by Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh look rather awkward. Some of them also feel that there may be more stress on your spine.

The only way to improve your golf swing is to practice a lot. The easiest clubs to practice with are your putter and wedges. These clubs are used for short ranges, so with some artificial mats and cups you can even practise it in your yard or driveway of your home. You can even practise your putter indoors, if your house has a long hall available. This is probably the fastest way for you to shave a few strokes off your golf – just by practicing with your putter and wedges at home for thirty minutes every day.

Here are the 3 parts of your golf swing which you need to master: 1) backswing; 2) downswing; 3) followthrough. You need to master these 3 actions as well as the smooth change from one action to another. During your practice you need to be aware of how your body feels during each action. Here is a tip which some martial artists use to learn a difficult technique – do it slowly but correctly with full body awareness. Repeat until your body becomes familiar with the movement. Then slowly speed up your swing while making sure all the movements are still correct. This is the fastest way to improve your golf swing.

Hit Longer This Golf Season

60 days to go!

This weather is brutal for those who can’t get winter holidays or don’t work hard enough to own a winter retreat on a beach, so for you hibernation is in vogue…lots of eating, sleeping, TV watching. The good news is that in a mere 60 days the links will be open again, so let’s turn these next 2 months to our advantage. I’m going to suggest some simple, quick, and life altering indoor golf exercises that will allow you to hit the ball farther!Now that I have your attention, I will discuss 2 items: stretching and swinging

Stretching:

“Oh God, not again, everyone tells me to stretch, and I hate it, it’s boring.”

I know, I know, I go through this myself. To tell you the truth, after all we hear about the benefits of core training, Pilates, and yoga, most of us are lazy. Most of our stretching is limited to reaching for the remote on the coffee table. So rather than bore you with lectures on benefits of stretching to your game, I’ll give you a simple 5-10 minute a day routine to do while you’re watching your favourite TV program. (Hard to do with a pizza slice in your hand, so please do them hands free, thanks).

Here are three simple stretching drills:

#1: Torso bender

Lie on your back knees pulled up, feet flat on the floor, with arms straight at your sides and palms facedown on the floor.

Slowly try to touch your left knee to the floor while keeping your back, shoulders, and palms flat against the floor.

Take the stretch as far as it will go and hold for 5 seconds.

Slowly return to your original position, rest for a count of five, and then swing your knees in the opposite direction, this time trying to touch your right knee to the floor.
Repeat 4 times

#2: Toe reaches:

Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out straight in front of you, feet about shoulder width apart.

Reach out your arms slowly toward your left big toe. Try to touch it. If you can’t that’s OK. Just go as far as you can and hold the position for a count of five.

Now relax and slowly bring your body back up to starting position, take another count of five and do it again this time reaching for your right big toe.
Repeat 4 times

#3: Crunches

Still on the floor, same position as for the toe reaches.

Draw your knees up and in as close to your chest as possible.

Wrap your arms around your knees and pull them up tight against you head tucked down
Hold for a count of five then relax and return slowly to your original position.

Repeat 4 times

There. Now those 3 exercises are a shortened and simple version of some relatively light non intensive stretching that might take more than 5 minutes, but again the important thing is not so much that you do them correctly, but that you commit to doing them everyday, with one day of rest, and I’ve suggested doing them while watching TV, because it works for me, because I find repetitious exercising boring and so I need some king of distraction.

Swinging

Now I will tell you about the MOST IMPORTANT golf swinging exercise that I believe there is, and most great golf teachers agree upon. (and that’s rare!).

It involves the use of a weighted club. I am not a believer in training aids and gimmicks. I think 98% of them are cheap marketing ploys that have made a lot of money for some clever people. But the one aid that I absolutely believe will do wonders for your game is a weighted club. The first time I learned of this idea was while reading The Little Red Book by Harvey Penick. He talked about the benefits of swinging a weed cutter, a heavy tool back in the days of the Flintstones. Obviously some clever entrepreneur (why didn’t I think of that) created a device known as the Medicus. You can buy it in some golf stores for over 100 bucks.

But being the frugal type, I use a device that cost me $3.99 called a swing donut. You know the round ring that you see baseball players putting on their bats before they go up to the plate. I actually use 2 of them because I want a bit more weight and I’m really strong (yeah right). I urge you, no…. order you.to purchase one right now and start swinging it your home or office everyday for 5 minutes. Use your 5 or 6 iron. In the beginning your hands, fingers, wrists and arms will be sore. That’s a good thing. Keep going. You are strengthening your key golf muscles. And if you repeat this every day, 6 days a week, you WILL hut the ball farther, guaranteed.

But wait, there’s an added bonus of swinging a weighted club, especially if you slice. Because the club is heavy, it is just about impossible to start the downswing using your hands or shoulders as all slicers do, and you are forced to swing down on an inside path. And this is the professional swing path, the only correct path and the one that encourages a draw rather than a slice. The path that encourages proper contact on the sweet spot that also adds to your distance. So good luck!